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Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture

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Edited By Izabella Kimak and Julia Nikiel

The essays included in this book offer an overview of literary works, films, TV series, and computer games, which reflect current social and political developments since the beginning of this century. The contributions intend to x-ray the most crucial aspects of contemporary North-American literature and culture. Addressing a variety of media, the authors of the essays probe the many ways in which repression and expression are the primary keywords for understanding contemporary American life and culture.

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A Sense of Otherness: Auditory-Gustatory Synesthesia and Cultural Identity in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth (Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis)

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Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis

A Sense of Otherness: Auditory-Gustatory Synesthesia and Cultural Identity in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth

We kept secrets to protect, but the ones most shielded – from shame, from judgment, from the slap in the face – were ourselves. We were selfish in our secret-keeping and rarely altruistic. We acted out of instinct and survival, and only when we felt safest would we let our set of facts be known.

Truong, Bitter in the Mouth (256)

Abstract: The aim of the present study is to analyze Linda’s disconnection from her self and her troubled presence in both the Hammerick family and their community, which is revealed in three secrets, one of which is her synesthetic perception of reality.

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